Volkswagen Integrity & Compliance.

A company can only be successful if it acts with integrity and stands by its voluntary undertakings and ethical principles, even when this is the harder choice. Acting with integrity, compliance and honesty is an essential prerequisite for the success of the Volkswagen Group and must be a matter of course for all employees.

Aligned with the Group Strategy of NEW AUTO - Mobility for Generations to Come, Volkswagen Group South Africa has set the key objective of being a role model in the areas of integrity and compliance. 

Compliance with national laws and regulations, company directives and voluntary commitments is one of our Company’s most important principles. We continuously strive to strengthen the trust of our customers, business partners and other stakeholders by treating everyone fairly and upholding the value of integrity in everything that we do.

Group Integrity Links:

Code of Conduct for Employees

The Code of Conduct is a common set of guidelines for all employees in the Volkswagen Group. It helps in complying with existing rules and regulations and offers guidance, advice and support in everyday work situations and decision-making. 

The focus is on the responsibility of each individual employee to comply with the rules of ethical conduct.

Code of Conduct for Business Partners

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Whistleblowing system.

Complying with statutory regulations and internal rules, and the principles laid down in our Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct for Business Partners, has top priority at Volkswagen of South Africa (VWSA). The success of our company is based on Integrity and Compliance. To meet these standards, it is important to learn of potential employee, contractor or supplier misconduct and to put a stop to it. Therefore, we entrusted the Central Investigation Office to operate an independent, impartial and confidential Whistleblower System on our behalf.

A key pillar of our Whistleblower System is the principle of procedural fairness. It also guarantees the greatest possible protection for whistleblowers, Persons Implicated and employees or contractors contributing to the investigation of reported misconduct.

This also includes offering opportunities for anonymous reporting and communication. We assure not to perform any steps in order to identify anonymous whistleblowers, who do not misuse our Whistleblower System. Retaliation of whistleblowers and all persons who contribute to investigations at VWSA will not be tolerated. Persons implicated are presumed innocent until the violation is proven. Investigations will be conducted with the utmost confidentiality. The information will be processed in a fair, fast and protected process.

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The Volkswagen Group embraces the challenges of climate change and its commitment to the two degree target of the United Nations. We recognise the global environmental and societal impacts of our products and we are committed to minimising our impact with methods that are socially responsible, scientifically based and financially prudent. Our TOGETHER 2025+ Group strategy establishes the targets of becoming a “worldleading provider of sustainable mobility” and simultaneously serving as a “role model when it comes to the environment”.

As part of this strategic journey, we have revised this Group Policy 17 to be implemented by all Volkswagen Group companies as we further evolve our efforts to demonstrate our global environmental leadership, strengthen our compliance and foster consistency in how we accomplish this goal.

This Group Policy defines environmental and compliance requirements, deliverables and accountabilities. It represents a culture and commitment, demands from every employee to do the right thing, and requires each of us, in particular our leadership, to demonstrate environmental and compliance priorities in words and in actions.

Compliance understanding of Volkswagen Group South Africa: Adherence to legal requirements, internal corporate policies, ethical principles, and self-imposed values for the protection of the company and its brands.